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Statutory Sick Pay

What is Statutory Sick Pay?

Statutory Sick Pay pays £96.35 per week (from 6 April 2021) if you’re too ill to work at your job. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

Your employer may also run their own sick pay scheme - a 'company’ or occupational sick pay scheme. If you aren't entitled to anything under a company scheme, your employer should still pay you Statutory Sick Pay if you are eligible.

Can I get Statutory Sick Pay?

If you're working for an employer under a contract of service (even if you've only just started), you're entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if the following apply:

  • you're sick for at least four days in a row (including weekends and bank holidays and days that you do not normally work)
  • you're normally earning above the lower limit £120 a week (from April 2021)

Self employed people are not covered under this scheme but people on zero hours contracts could be if they normally earn above the lower earnings limit. If you're not sure if you normally earn above the limit, you should average your gross earnings (before tax and national insurance) over the period between your last normal payday before entitlement to SSP and the pay day at least eight weeks before it.

What does this mean for coronavirus cases?

The government announced in March 2020 that if someone is eligible for statutory sick pay it will allow the payment from the first day someone claims it, rather than the fourth, if they need to stay at home due to coronavirus.

This includes people who are ill or people who need to self-isolate themselves from others in accordance with advice from the government (including if they have been advised to shield). Since the 26 August 2020 it has also included people who are self-isolating prior to being admitted to hospital for planned or elective surgery.

If you need to provide evidence to your employer that you need to stay at home due to coronavirus, you can apply for an isolation note to say you have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus via the NHS 111 coronavirus service.

If you are an employee and earn above the lower limit £120 a week (from April 2021) select 'Current claim' for the question ‘Do you receive a disability or sickness benefit?’ in the calculator and we will calculate your entitlement to statutory sick pay.

If you are not eligible for statutory sick pay you can claim Universal Credit and/or New Style Employment and Support Allowance instead. Read our coronavirus help guide for more information.

If you are in work, already claiming Universal Credit and need to self-isolate, report it (including any changes to the hours you have worked) in your online journal.

Visit this government page about coronavirus and benefits for more information.

How do I claim Statutory Sick Pay?

Your employer will be able to tell you how to claim Statutory Sick Pay. They may run an occupational sick pay scheme that includes Statutory Sick Pay.

Statutory Sick Pay is usually paid in the same way as your wages from your employer and into your bank account. If your employer can't pay your Stautory Sick Pay they must give you a form SSP1 explaining why and you can then contact the Jobcentre Plus to ask about claiming Universal Credit.